Untethered by Katie Hayoz
Sylvie isn’t comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can’t even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she’s sure of, it’s her love for Kevin Phillips. She’s willing to stake everything on it –her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.
Sixteen-year-old Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie’s loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn’t count on it all spiraling out of control.
Untethered explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. Finalist in Mslexia novel competition.
I received this book in exchange for a review. Really when I read the description I was just kind of eh on the idea. It sounded like it could be really annoying and I wasn't sure I would like it. I looked up other reviews and the consensus seemed to be that it was great so I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did! From the first sentence I was hooked. Somehow Katie Hayoz managed to make a character (Sylvie) who doesn't see what is right in front of her face and can be kind of oblivious and stupid about things, but made her so I didn't find her completely annoying. Most authors do not manage that. Most times I cannot stand characters who are similar in characteristics to Sylvie. Usually there is a lot of eye rolling, yelling, and complaining to my husband going on about what is wrong with this character?! Sylvie though I actually enjoyed. I understood her reasoning and she was just really interesting to read. I still am kind of blown away by the fact that the author managed to pull it off so well, manage to write Sylvie in a way I didn't hate. It was great.
So what else did I like about the book? Well almost everything. The writing was really good, the characters were all wonderfully written, the plot was interesting and kept me asking what is going on?? Or what is going to happen?? and anticipating the next pages. I couldn't put the book down. Sylvie is always down on herself and thinks her bff is perfect, when you that is not the case. There is one line in the book that really stuck with me and summed up Sylvie excellently. Cassie said something about how Sylvie didn't like herself so she didn't let other people like her or see how great she was. It was so spot on that it just was like yes! That is it exactly! She is so down on herself she won't let anyone or believe anyone likes her even when it is obvious that they do.
I really can't say enough good things about this book. It was such a surprise that I enjoyed it so much. The story is also interesting with the whole astral projection thing. It was very different from anything else I have read, and the character all felt real. Definitely recommend reading it as it was a pleasure.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2